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Use a Heart Map to identify a youth’s important relationships

The Play

Use a Heart Map to identify a youth’s important relationships as soon as they enter care.

Who Can Do This?: Anyone
Cost: Free
Timeframe: Immediate
Difficulty: Easy

The Problem It Solves

Many foster youth enter care with more connections than they leave with. If a supportive adult is not an immediate placement option, they are usually not tracked meaningfully by the system. Even if a contact does not play a permanency role for the youth, these contacts can play a significant role in the youth’s development. The Heart Map exercise provides a meaningful way for staff to surface these contacts with youth, in order to maintain and strengthen those relationships.

How To Do This

The two lines on the heart are strategic - more than one line prompts thinking about multiple relationships, but there are not too many, as not being able to fill in all the lines would be disheartening.

Outcomes Data

We are still collecting concrete data, but believe that this:

Who’s Doing This?

Real-World Examples

Printable Heart Map

This play was contributed by Think of Us.